Tongan Parliament votes
VETERAN politician and long-time democracy fighter Samiuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva has his job cut out for him after he was re-elected as Tonga’s Prime Minister with a 14-12 vote in the Tongan Parliament in Nuku’alofa on December 18.
Pohiva was re-elected as Tonga’s PM over his former deputy and the only other nominee for the top post, Siaosi Sovaleni. Following a day-long election process, acting Speaker of the House Lord Tangi announced the secret ballot results, after his briefing with His Majesty King Tupou VI.
“I thank all of you for the important job that you have been able to carry out today,” Lord Tangi told the members of parliament. “You have made your selection and we will now have to go on with that.” In his acceptance speech Pohiva...
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